Product: The Encyclopedia of Demons and Demonology
Subject: The Types of Demons in Demonology
Author: Rosemary Ellen Guiley
Publisher: Checkmark Books
Length: 302 Pages
Price: $14.47 ( Retail )
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon
Our Rating: 9 out of 10
The Encyclopedia of Demons and Demonology – Product Overview
We purchased The Encyclopedia of Demons and Demonology a couple of months back to find out more information on the types of demons in demonology. So far the guide has been extremely helpful so we thought we would write a review about our experiences with it.
The book is essentially an encyclopedia made up of just over 400 different entries accompanied by black and white illustrations. If you are looking for a strictly Christian view on the subject of demonology then I should point out that this is NOT the publication for you.
The Encyclopedia of Demons and Demonology looks at many different cultures, mythical traditions and religions. It looks at the more folklore based aspects whilst also covering role that demons play in the modern world.
In this review we will be looking at how well the encyclopedia works, who it is best suited to and some minor drawbacks with the product. By the end of this review, you should have a good idea as to whether The Encyclopedia of Demons and Demonology is right for you.
The video below will give you a short overview on the subjects the encyclopedia offers:
The Good And The Bad
- The author ( Rosemary Ellen Guiley ) works full-time in the paranormal and metaphysical fields and has written over 50 books
- There are helpful annotations included at the end of each entry
- Easy to read – a very detailed yet fun writing style ( not your typical bland and boring encyclopedia format )
- One of the more ‘complete’ reference books on types of demons in demonology
- The book is not biased regarding beliefs or religions – everything is looked at through a neutral eye
- May fall somewhat short for those researching more serious demon lore
- Some reviews claim that the Encyclopedia has left out a handful of demon names
Who is This Book For?
After reading this encyclopedia we felt it was suitable for just about anyone who has an interest in the subject of demonology – many online customer reviews seem to agree with us:
There are also views that the book itself is aimed at people looking for a demonic freak show of sorts and is not to be taken to seriously – we disagree with this opinion! The alphabetical order of each demon entry was well thought out and easy to follow. A handful of the entries did seem to be a little shorter than the others but these were always backed up by a short title list of further reading.
Below is example snippet of the first demon entry covered in the book…
As you can see from the entry above the encyclopedia’s content is very detailed with suitably traditional illustrations. The information provided is concise and to the point – it makes for an excellent starting point for beginners.
Our Final Opinion on The Encyclopedia of Demons and Demonology
We went looking for a no nonsense, straightforward guide on the types of demons in demonology and that is exactly what we found. The encyclopedia basically fed us everything we needed to know in alphabetical order.
We tried a couple of smaller books first but they only seemed to cover the basics – this is one of the more complete reference books out there. The author ( Rosemary Ellen Guiley ) had to cut some of the entries a little short while leaving other entries longer, regardless the most important aspects of the information is there, especially dealing with the actual demons.
I was impressed by the inclusion of information regarding Hollywood movies, bestselling books and plays that deal with certain demons covered in the book. This was a unique idea that had not been explored by the other guides we had tried out.
An excellent resource point for those who have an interest in demonology.
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